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Dunkrag
Oct 5, 2010, 02:14 AM
Where the hell has the option for cover art screen saver gone on the new ATV? I don't really want to be looking at pictures of cats or daffodils while I'm listening to the latest Metallica album!

Anyone know if you can enable this feature? Am I looking in the wrong place?

Seems like another pointless crippling of the poor device.



BlackMangoTree
Oct 5, 2010, 02:28 AM
Turn the screensaver off during music playback

zero hectic
Oct 5, 2010, 04:19 AM
Yeah, I loved the Album Art Screensaver. Flowers and animals are not doing it for me. I hope this gets addressed in an update.

EvilMatty
Oct 5, 2010, 04:38 AM
Sorry to hijack thread, but can you tell me if the iPhoto screensaver is still available during music playback? This is my favourite feature of my now old aTV.

tonyoevans
Oct 5, 2010, 07:04 AM
Yeah you can still have your own photos as the screensaver but obviously your mac/pc has to be on so it can get access to them

dhy8386
Oct 5, 2010, 07:23 AM
Your options are animals, flowers, mobileme or flicker galleries. In addition, you can access photos for the screensaver from any computers home shared

BlackMangoTree
Oct 5, 2010, 07:49 AM
With the wake up for network feature your mac can be in sleep mode it will wake up when you use the Apple Tv then when finished it will go back to sleep.

Most of us would have an orignal Apple TV it's pretty simple to get Leopard running on there and using that as a iTunes server.

KD35
Oct 5, 2010, 08:24 AM
Yeah you can still have your own photos as the screensaver but obviously your mac/pc has to be on so it can get access to them

I dont think you have to have the mac/pc on... I think which ever iphoto library you pick for your screen saver, gets downloaded to the Apple TV.. As, this morning while I was setting up my Apple TV for my classroom, it started to play my iphoto screen saver before it was set up on my wi fi network.

ugp
Oct 5, 2010, 08:27 AM
I chose Flowers lol

DJinTX
Oct 5, 2010, 08:36 AM
I dont think you have to have the mac/pc on... I think which ever iphoto library you pick for your screen saver, gets downloaded to the Apple TV.. As, this morning while I was setting up my Apple TV for my classroom, it started to play my iphoto screen saver before it was set up on my wi fi network.

Hmmm, this seems strange. Based on all of the info I have read from Apple, I would be very surprised if they automatically transferred your iphoto library to the ATV. And, what if you have a 6 GB iPhoto library? Then you would basically be filling up your flash memory on the ATV which would likely severely impact it's ability to buffer audio and video.

tripjammer
Oct 5, 2010, 09:37 AM
Hmmm, this seems strange. Based on all of the info I have read from Apple, I would be very surprised if they automatically transferred your iphoto library to the ATV. And, what if you have a 6 GB iPhoto library? Then you would basically be filling up your flash memory on the ATV which would likely severely impact it's ability to buffer audio and video.

It's streamed.

KD35
Oct 5, 2010, 09:44 AM
Hmmm, this seems strange. Based on all of the info I have read from Apple, I would be very surprised if they automatically transferred your iphoto library to the ATV. And, what if you have a 6 GB iPhoto library? Then you would basically be filling up your flash memory on the ATV which would likely severely impact it's ability to buffer audio and video.

I'm no tech expert, but My apple tv played my screen saver, and it had no way of connecting to my computer today.. As I forgot my Apple remote, so I could not set up the wifi network....

Any other ideas as to how my screen saver was able to play, while it was not connected to my computer??

dhy8386
Oct 5, 2010, 09:59 AM
I'm no tech expert, but My apple tv played my screen saver, and it had no way of connecting to my computer today.. As I forgot my Apple remote, so I could not set up the wifi network....

Any other ideas as to how my screen saver was able to play, while it was not connected to my computer??

Ha. Your right. I just tested it because i was thinking you were crazy. It must copy the photos onto the flash. I suspect that if your library is too big it will copy until it fills up.

Nice find.

PS You can see this but turning off the computer you are streaming from and then go back into screensaver. The computer no longer shows up but no options are checked under screensaver because it is using whatever album/photos/event you had it store in memory. Back up one menu and you will still see it there.

Tu13es
Oct 5, 2010, 10:17 AM
I don't really want to be looking at pictures of cats or daffodils while I'm listening to the latest Metallica album!

Aside from turning off the screen saver, you could set it to Flickr and do a search for Metallica. :)

newagemac
Oct 5, 2010, 10:50 AM
You don't even have to use iPhoto for pictures for the screensaver. You can use any folder on your computer. It's a nice touch that they cache the images onto the 8GB storage so they don't have to be streamed.

DJinTX
Oct 5, 2010, 10:53 AM
I'm no tech expert, but My apple tv played my screen saver, and it had no way of connecting to my computer today.. As I forgot my Apple remote, so I could not set up the wifi network....

Any other ideas as to how my screen saver was able to play, while it was not connected to my computer??

I have zero ideas on this. Very weird turn of events. It's cool I guess, but also a bit concerning because I don't want to max out the ATV flash memory with my photos when I would prefer that be used for movie/tv buffering (not to mention future app functionality). Maybe there is a protected amount of the flash memory that is reserved at all times for buffer. I hope so at least.

diamornte
Oct 5, 2010, 11:24 AM
Hmmm, this seems strange. Based on all of the info I have read from Apple, I would be very surprised if they automatically transferred your iphoto library to the ATV. And, what if you have a 6 GB iPhoto library? Then you would basically be filling up your flash memory on the ATV which would likely severely impact it's ability to buffer audio and video.

I have a large photo library, and even with the 8 GB on the ATV, I see duplicate photos on the screensaver in a short period of time. 8 GB is not enough?

KD35
Oct 5, 2010, 11:51 AM
I have a large photo library, and even with the 8 GB on the ATV, I see duplicate photos on the screensaver in a short period of time. 8 GB is not enough?

It must just copy part of the library ??

everindrummer
Oct 27, 2010, 03:28 PM
i have a question on this topic too. Does anyone know of a way of just selecting all contacts in flickr as the screensaver? I want to randomise all my friends collections.

I personally think apple have left the atv pretty bare on purpose until they unveil a huge update (app store-esq). Shame really, had i paid for mine i would have been disappointed with the product.

Shoesy
Oct 27, 2010, 05:06 PM
Shame really, had i paid for mine i would have been disappointed with the product.

smash and grab? :D

FreeState
Oct 27, 2010, 06:04 PM
Why not use Flickr? you could upload all your artwork and use it as the screen saver... or better yet add this guy to your flickr section and use his 37,000+ Album covers...

http://www.flickr.com/groups/vinyljunkie/

everindrummer
Oct 28, 2010, 01:38 AM
smash and grab? :D

Nope apple handed it over. Thy messed up so bad handling my Mbp repair/replacement that they have me an apple tv plus extended apple care for the mbp!

From A Buick 8
Oct 28, 2010, 02:15 PM
Why not use Flickr? you could upload all your artwork and use it as the screen saver... or better yet add this guy to your flickr section and use his 37,000+ Album covers...

http://www.flickr.com/groups/vinyljunkie/.

That is a good idea, i would like to have my DVD collection as my screen saver. I can just create a flicker account and up load my covers there.

lbeck
Nov 9, 2010, 08:01 PM
You don't even have to use iPhoto for pictures for the screensaver. You can use any folder on your computer. It's a nice touch that they cache the images onto the 8GB storage so they don't have to be streamed.

I think this causes my issue. The screen saver will not play all of my photos I select, it only uses a random selection, very small. Its like it wont stream new photos, only photos that are on the flash memory.

This needs to be fixed.

Gene S
Nov 10, 2010, 08:00 AM
I wish it would have a screen saver like iTunes Visualizer. :(

iMJustAGuy
Feb 8, 2011, 01:55 PM
I wish it would have a screen saver like iTunes Visualizer. :(

+1. I need something else besides photos. :( I know that little processor probably can't handle much (wait, what kind of processor does it have) but there has to be something they can add. Edit: Ah the A4 (I should've known :rolleyes:).

bmorris
Aug 31, 2011, 11:28 PM
Does anyone know the location of the flowers or animals photos?
I'd like to just replace those images with mine.

ehurdler
Sep 21, 2011, 07:11 AM
Does anyone know the location of the flowers or animals photos?
I'd like to just replace those images with mine.

Did you figure out where these are?

Euroamerican
Sep 21, 2011, 10:10 AM
I wish there was a set of screensavers like on the Mac, already set up and ready to rock, that i could choose from instead of flowers and animals.

At least a visualizer like iTunes has had would be really nice. I'd like a BBC headlines visualizer or even 3D or Beziers from Windows 3.1....

I too don't want to see pictures of African animals prancing around or baby seals while I'm listening to Jesus and Mary Chain.

Roy G Biv
Sep 21, 2011, 02:33 PM
I too don't want to see pictures of African animals prancing around or baby seals while I'm listening to Jesus and Mary Chain.

Who do you think made all the prancing animals and baby seals? Have some respect.

From A Buick 8
Sep 21, 2011, 05:36 PM
You can use any set of photos on your Mac or on a flicker account.

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1230994&highlight=

ddbojangles
Sep 26, 2011, 04:12 AM
Did you figure out where these are?

/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/AppleTV.framework...

/DefaultAnimalPhotos

/DefaultFlowerPhotos

bmorris
Oct 2, 2011, 09:19 PM
/system/library/privateframeworks/appletv.framework...

/defaultanimalphotos

/defaultflowerphotos

thank you!